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Control Engineering hot topics, April 2020

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in April 2020 included stories about COVID-19 survey results and impacts on engineers, an overview of industrial IoT, cybersecurity, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay May 5, 2020
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Hot topics in Control Engineering, for April 2020, included COVID-19 survey results and impacts on engineers, an overview of industrial IoT, cybersecurity, and more. Links to each article below.

1. COVID-19 impact on engineering, engineers

Engineers like facts and seek credible information sources on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) effects to the engineering-related world. Engineers also have technologies, processes and expert advice that can help.

2. Poll results, week 2: Doubled adverse COVID-19 impact on engineers, industry

Research analysis, advice: Adverse effects of Coronavirus more than doubled in just a week for visitors to Control Engineering, Plant Engineering, Oil & Gas Engineering, and Consulting-Specifying Engineer websites taking a survey on COVID-19 impacts on engineering. For respondents answering March 11 to 19 and March 20 to 25, 13% felt a “great deal” of impact in the first week and 35% the next week.

3. Coronavirus will force manufacturers to enhance automation, digitalization

COVID-19 is forcing manufacturers to rely more on automation and digitalization for long-term operations to reduce the financial impact from epidemics and other potential economic challenges.

4. Survey on impact of COVID-19 on electronics industry released

Recent results of a survey on the impact of the coronavirus displayed a shift towards more positive expectations and minimal impact to the electronic components industry.

5. Robots and automation are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic

Robots and automation are on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle and are helping manufacturers, health care officials and many more.

6. Signs of hope for manufacturing amid COVID-19

While manufacturing has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are signs and reasons to be optimistic about a recovery in the months and years to come.

7. Poll results: Coronavirus, COVID-19 impact on engineers and industry

Results cover impact on business, company responses, travel, future outlook, government strategies and other topics.

8. Coronavirus’ impact on Chinese manufacturing

Coronavirus is having a major effect on Chinese manufacturing in the short-term, but the long-term effects remain uncertain as the virus continues to have a global impact.

9. An overview of industrial IoT, from edge to cloud

Next generation distributed I/O brings users one step closer to seamless connectivity

10. How to operate manufacturing remotely

Address five areas to improve remote operations, of growing importance to keep manufacturing sites running efficiently, reliably and safely from a distance, to address COVID-19 pandemic concerns and demographic workforce pressures. Secure software and devices can improve remote access, cybersecurity and digitization.

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Keagan Gay, digital media & production coordinator, CFE Media, kgay@cfemedia.com.


Keagan Gay
Author Bio: Keagan Gay is a digital media & production coordinator for CFE Media.